Dallas Frasca performs 'Anything Left To Wonder' for BalconyTV Melbourne
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DALLAS FRASCA - ANYTHING LEFT TO WONDER
Filmed by Craig Johnston
Audio recorded and mixed by Tom Hutchens
Produced and edited by Natalie Taylor & Alastair Burns
After much hullabaloo, build, anticipation, blood, sweat, tears, money, lust and lunacy, Melbourne's Dallas Frasca is pumped to announce the official release of her sophomore album "Sound Painter" which hits stores Friday May 4th through Spank Betty Records / MGM. With lead single All My Love still blasting across radio airwaves after taking out 3rd place (from over 16,000 entries) in the International Songwriting Comp, recorded in New York City with Australian producer Andy Baldwin (Bjork, Chrissie Amphlett, Living End, Kram, Cat Empire) at Rola Pola Studio's in Brooklyn, "Sound Painter" has been a true labor of love for everyone involved.
But the results speak for themselves.
Indeed, from the comedic to the heartbreaking, the making of "Sound Painter" has been beset with challenges and journeys. Firstly, following a run of national shows to help pay for the record, Dallas and band mates Jeff Curran (guitar) and Peter McDonald (drums) arrived wearily home only to have all the takings from the entire tour stolen at Melbourne airport. Enter fan based damage control with Frasca fans banding together and raising over $4500 for the band, $4500 that meant "Sound Painter" could actually be finished. Then, when it was finished, it was stolen. That is to say -- upon returning from New York, the band held a listening party to pick the first single and the laptop with the only completed version of the album was stolen by someone at the party. Long story short is that the laptop was returned with 'no police involvement' after simultaneous mild heart attacks from all three band members.
Says Frasca: "It's been 2 ½ years since our first album, (2009's "Not For Love Or Money") but we took away any deadlines and pressure and let the songs dictate when they were ready to be recorded. By way of just playing, we overhauled the band's sound. Jeff(guitar) and I have been playing together for over 6 years now, and we made the decision that this album would be about capturing everybody's true strengths as musicians. Jeff had his last alcoholic drink, we got serious about what we wanted to achieve and when Pete (drums) came into our lives, it was like our stars had aligned. I feel people have only been able to hear 10% of what we are capable of on our previous recordings compared to this one"
And so, after months of rehearsal's in Footscray, the band headed off to record "Sound Painter" next to the Willliamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York with a producer they had met after playing a raucous 2 am set at a hippie festival in regional Victoria. Within the first 10 minutes of leaving the airport in New York, a rock was thrown from an over pass, smashing their cab window. It was on.
Again, in Frasca's words: "We had to ride our pushies 7 km's through Manhattan every day, from our accom to the studio, and then back again at night. That change of scene, from Melbourne to Manhattan, Footscray to Soho, was inspiring and it gave Jeff, Pete and I the chance to create anything we wanted to. You can hear that confidence on the record".
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